Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Family’s Summer

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This is the first summer that my boys are not going to be in summer camp and I’m not going to be tied to my computer working so I’m excited to have a little freedom in our schedule now. Today I wanted to share tips about how we get the most out of our summer and how your family can as well. Whether you have the whole day free or your schedule is a bit busier, I think these tips can benefit all families!

My first tip? Extend your summer! Who says your “summer” needs to start in June and end in August or whenever the kids go back to school? I declared May 1st as the start of our summer one year and we are going to enjoy fun times as long as the weather will let us (which will hopefully be into September!)

Write down all of the fun things you want to do. I love creating bucket lists for every season and summer is no exception. When writing our summer bucket list I think of all the fun things I’ve enjoyed in the past, either as a child or with my own kids. I also make sure to add in a variety of ideas so we have ones for rainy days, places we can visit when we have a couple days of freedom, and a list of skills we have to practice or master over summer (like riding a bike). Keep your summer bucket list on your phone or in a notebook kept in your purse so that you can refer to it easily. I like having mine with me so, for example, if bad weather cancels Jake’s baseball game I can come up with an indoor activity to do instead of just going home and sitting on the couch in front of the television.

I also think it’s important to make sure to plan the fun occasionally. While I long for lazy summer days, that’s not always our reality between sports practices, therapy appointments, summer school and everything else we have to do. We’ve had many Saturdays that were filled with errands and, before we knew it, we’d wasted a gorgeous day with things that could have been done in little chunks of time elsewhere throughout the week. Schedule the fun in to ensure it happens!

I’ve also found it beneficial to put community events (like open gyms, library story times, farmer’s markets and anything else that has set hours) in my calendar so I don’t forget about them. If you are on a budget there are so many free and cheap activities available at stores (like lego building at Toys “R” Us and building projects at hardware stores), museums & aquariums (check for free days), and bowling alleys (we love the Kids Bowl Free program).

Enjoy some days of doing nothing. The school year will be back again before you know it so take some time to just sit around the house or the backyard and relax together. Dive into that book you’ve been meaning to read, stay in your pajamas all day or just go kick around a ball in the backyard. 

Lastly, don’t forget to record it! Take lots of pictures of your family’s summer fun (and mom, make sure to get in those pictures). Another thing we are doing this summer is having the kids write in journals daily. They’ll practice their writing skills but also record all the fun times they had which will be great to look back on.

How do you make the most of your family’s summer? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

Find more ideas in my ultimate summer guide as well!

 

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  1. Jeanette says:

    You have a lot of great tips here! We have a couple things planned for the summer but I do want to get a few more things on my list. I like the idea of also having a summer bucket list which has some rainy days is it.

  2. A summer bucket list is a great idea. We always say we want to do this or that, but then we never get around to it.

  3. I’m so glad you included doing nothing in your post. Sometimes, we become so obsessed with getting everything in that we forget it’s sometimes nice to do nothing at all.

  4. Sarah says:

    I definitely agree with the days of doing nothing. It’s so easy to over-schedule summer vacation so you don’t hear “I’m bored” but when it comes right down to it, lazy summer days and spontaneity leads to some of the best memories.

  5. Vera Sweeney says:

    Oh cool! I’ll have to check out that summer guide and all those activities. Thanks!

  6. Stacie says:

    These are all great ideas. I really like the idea of keeping a summer bucket list.

  7. Meagan says:

    I love the idea of creating a family bucket list. I’m going to do that with my family this summer.

  8. Jeni says:

    Great list to make the most of summer. The best days are the ones when you wake up and say “let’s do x,y,z”. I love the spur of the moment plans.

  9. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I can’t wait until our summer starts here. It is going to be a good one- I can already tell!

  10. Claudia Krusch says:

    I am always looking to get the most out of our summer vacations together. The time really flies by way to fast. These are great tips.

  11. I have a list a mile long on the things I want to do this summer with my kids. I am hoping we can quickly finish up our homeschool curriculum so we have time to do them! :) Have a great summer!

  12. Kathy says:

    I’m so excited for summer. My daughters are almost done with school as well. It’s going to be a fun summer this year I think!

  13. These are all wonderful ideas. I think it is great to spend some summer days being lazy and not doing anything. That is my favorite thing to do in the summer.

  14. I love this guide! We love summer and we always look for new ways to enjoy every single day! Thanks so much for these tips!

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